Counterfeit Currency – You May Pay a Very High Price

  In straitened financial circumstances, it can be tempting to consider purchasing counterfeit money. While the price of such ‘currency’ fluctuates widely, it is often as low as 25% of the face value, making it a tempting proposition. State currency producers spend millions each year on devising and improving security safeguards, and that counterfeit currency … Continued

Modern Slavery – A Defence to Drug Dealing and other offences ?

The short answer is: maybe.  Section 45 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 provides a defence to specific criminal charges where it is shown that they were committed under a compulsion due to slavery or exploitation (for over-18s) or as a direct consequence of slavery or exploitation (for under-18s). The latter test, for children, is … Continued

GPS Electronic Monitoring, Big Brother Will be Watching

The government has announced a national rollout of GPS electronic tagging which will mean 24/7 location monitoring of those wearing the tag. The tag is now available in three Probation areas; the North West, Midlands and North East. Location monitoring will go live in the South East, South West and Wales by April 2019. There … Continued

Voyeurism and ‘Upskirting’ – Government Acts to Strengthen Law

The Voyeurism (Offences) (No 2) Bill completed its parliamentary journey on 15th January 2019 and will shortly receive Royal Assent. As the Act will create new criminal offences, the usual convention is that at least two months will pass before the offence comes in to force. Why was this law passed? This new law deals … Continued

Partner Jonathan Black appears on BBC TV to discuss the Criminal Justice IT meltdown

BSB Solicitors Partner Jonathan Black was invited onto BBC2’s Victoria Derbyshire to discuss the impact of the IT failure within the criminal justice system that caused disruption across the country.  Appearing at 45mins 35 seconds in he told the program that this should not be happening in light of the massive investment by the government and was … Continued

Government Unveils New Domestic Abuse Legislation

On Monday the government unveiled its new strategy to tackle domestic abuse. This follows a consultation exercise carried out last year which drew over 3,000 responses. The new measures are: Introducing the first ever statutory government definition of domestic abuse, which will include economic abuse Establishing the office of the Domestic Abuse Commissioner and setting … Continued

End of The Road for Short Prison Sentences?

The big news story of the weekend was the surprising news that the Prisons Minister is considering whether to abolish the power to impose short prison sentences, those of 6 months or less. Arguing for the need for reform, Mr Stewart told the Daily Telegraph Magazine: “You bring somebody in for three or four weeks, … Continued

Soubry and the Nazi Slur – An Offence?

Was it an offence to accuse Anna Soubry of being a Nazi whilst she was broadcasting on Sky News? Potentially, is the answer. The Public Order Act 1986 contains the most likely candidates for any prosecution, in sections 4, 4A, and 5. These sections deal with ‘lower level’ public order offences. What are those provisions? … Continued

A Simple Adjournment?

  In criminal practice and procedure, you might think that the humble adjournment is a relatively simple and straightforward matter, but you would be wrong. A little like buses, never available when you want one, yet, when you don’t want a case delayed the court always appear happy to work against you. But in reality, … Continued

Extraditon to UAE halted

A Judge ruled against the extradition of BSB solicitors client to UAE on the basis that there was a real risk of human rights abuses . Westminster Magistrates’ Court accepted arguments submitted by counsel Ben Cooper  that Mr Halliday was unlikely to face a fair trial and was at risk of torture on the basis of nationality and sexuality. … Continued